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Catch Me If You Know How - Internet Edition Paperback – September 18, 2011
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"Wow!!! This is a must read for everyone. Education, Education, Education. I can't stress it enough. There is information in this book I would never even think of, that is happening all over the world. Help your children, friends and loved ones by becoming knowledgeable about the World Wide Web."
"In clear, concise and easy-to-understand language, provides guidance about the use and misuse of computers and helps us all protect kids from being exposed to often harmful materials on-line. Let him walk you through these basics, we'll all be better off for it."
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My results frightened me, however. I found a folder of downloaded pictures. It was not just porn - it was sick filth. It was innocently labeled with a friend's name. It led to his being banned from the house, and banned from being anywhere near my 4-year-old granddaughter.
If I didn't know where and how to look, I wouldn't have known what a pervert the guy was.
I strongly recommend this book. It's a fast read with simple language and a deft touch of humor. It was very easy to follow the step-by-step instructions and - if you have further questions - there is a website the author provides as a free resource.
I can see how this book could help prevent cyber bullying, catch a cheating spouse, or discover an online gambler. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
For the bulk of readers the items covered in this book are those that simply are buried in manuals and even the Computer for Dummies books - those simply things such as how to manage files, share files, search the internet, the benefits and incipient dangers of browsing the internet, the ins and outs - positive and negative - of email usage, chat (both by word and by video) rooms/spaces, a superb overview of 'social media' and how to maintain privacy, how to TRULY clean your computer of unwanted files/browsing history/cookies/clicking on 'Like' on sites that lead to places you'd rather not visit, etc.
What makes this book so invaluable to all computer users (from beginners through moderately experienced users up to IT techs) is Travis Morgan's warmly helpful and yet sternly didactic technique of sharing all of this important information. He provides images of screens for both PC and MAC users to simplify his instructions, references guides for further information on the more complex challenges he presents, and he thankfully adds to his book rest station illustrations that keep the business at hand entertaining and make the type font large enough so that the open book beside the computer is easy to reference visually.
His last chapter alone is worth the purchase of this book - a succinct yet thorough chapter titled 'Monitoring and Controlling Internet Access. It opens our eyes and stimulates the question 'Who Knew?' and ties all the information in previous chapters together nicely. At book's end is a very helpful Glossary that provides quick references to commonly used computer-talk (and saves some embarrassment when talking to advisors more proficient in computerese!). This is one of the more valuable books available - for learning the intricacies of using a computer to helping clean up the world from abuse by those who take advantage of this current miracle of communication for their won warped needs. Grady Harp, January 12
You might first think that there could be some invasion of privacy issues here, and you may be right. While Travis wants people to use this information to help prevent tragedies and help those with problems, he also warns right up front that there are laws involved and you will be wise to consult an attorney, especially if you think your situation is serious enough to warrant a legal case.
The rest of the book is a basic guide on how to use computer forensics. It is a very short, easy, and direct book. It is also aimed at the computer novice, and a computer security professional probably won't find much new here. And those with some computer savvy might think the book too basic, looking for the super secret methods to hack computers from the movies, but in reality, these simple techniques and strategies are the backbone of computer forensic investigations and are what people need to look into what a computer has been used for.
The book covers the basics of web browsing, Email, social media, file sharing (something used in Tom Clancy's "Dead or Alive"), and a few advanced tips. There is also a chapter on monitoring and controlling Internet access that includes a little on children's rights and privacy. Again, if you have doubts or concerns with privacy issues, you would be best to talk to a local attorney who is up on privacy law. However, invading your child's privacy to protect them from Internet predators and preventing a tragic occurrence, such as we read about way too often, doesn't seem all that bad to me when I think of my role as a Dad.
The book concludes with a glossary of terms, and throughout the book the author points out where there is additional information on his website. The author also donates to charities who help at risk and victimized children (something I really applaud) and you can see how much has been donated on his website too.
Again, this book is short, easy, and to the point. Perfect for the computer novice or someone new to computer forensics. That's the target for this book, and for that target market, this book contains some very valuable information. I'd have liked it to have been a bit longer and to have gone more in depth for some topics, but that is beyond the scope the author wanted to cover. (But I also know a bit about the subject already, and like longer more detailed texts.)
Overall, this is a very good book to help discover how people are using computers in order to keep your children safe or help those who may be involved with things detrimental to their work or family life. The author's intent was for people to use this information for good, and I hope they do just that.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of "Lost Conscience" a thriller about a child trafficing ring.